Classic Antarctica Cruise

The incredible and unique beauty of the King Penguin.
Guests on the deck of the Ushuaia viewing the arctic landscape.
Paul Oneill
A seal sits on snow.
Claudio Suter
A penguin colony hanging out on the ice.
Martin Gunter
A gigantic Antarctic iceberg.
Learn from the lecture series on your antarctic tour
The bar aboard the Ushuaia.
The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife on this 10 day polar voyage.

Day 1

    Depart from Ushuaia

    Embark the MV Ushuaia in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

    Days 2 - 3

      Crossing the Drake Passage

      Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As you sail across the passage, lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in your wake. The Ushuaia's open bridge policy allows you to join the officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.

      The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that you have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage your lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.

      Days 4 - 7

        Exploring South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula

        The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island and the chance to swim in the hot springs of Pendulum Cove is truly amazing.

        King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island.

        The Antarctic Peninsula's remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.

        Hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. Plan to make at least two landings per day. Possible landing sites may include:

        Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and you will attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.

        Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

        Days 8 - 9

          At Sea, Crossing the Drake Passage, Northbound

          Leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join your lecturers and naturalists on deck as you search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

          Day 10

            Disembark Ushuaia

            Arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark after breakfast.
             Standard Plus TripleStandard CabinStandard PlusPremier TwinPremier SingleSuperiorSuite
            2015-Jan-23$6,230$6,230$7,680$9,630$11,560$10,170$10,690
            2015-Mar-25-$4,950$6,420$8,010-$8,490$8,920
            2016-Jan-19$6,230$6,660$8,060$9,630$11,560$10,170$10,690
            2016-Feb-24$5,800$6,210$7,620$9,090$10,910$9,610$10,100
            2016-Mar-24$4,950$5,300$6,740$8,010$9,610$8,490$8,920
            - Fuel surcharge may vary: no surcharge if the price of the barrel of crude oil is $100 or lower.
            - Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. Request the Twin Share Program where you are matched with a cabin mate of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is not found for you, no single supplement will be charged.
            - Twin cabins (except suites) are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the share rate. Suites may be reserved at 2 times the share rate. A third berth (sofa bed) in a few suites maybe occupied at 50% of the published twin share rate.
            - Special family rates: A child (under 16 years) accompanied by two adults will be free of charge in a triple Superior cabin or triple Suite.
            FUEL SURCHARGE applies if price of crude oil barrel is $100 or higher.

            Please note: The above itinerary is a guide only. Your exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.

            Deposit & Payment

            Initial deposit is 40% trip cost, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

            Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.

            Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.

            Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.

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            Cancellation Policy

            Days Prior to departureFee
            90 days or more$700 per person
            89 days or less100% trip cost